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Sorry, folks, I’m in trial and my postings will be sporadic for the next week or two. Read more »

A THREAT THAT ISN’T

Last week the Internet made a big deal about a former Yale student accused of making an on-line threat to kill children. He was arrested by police in his hometown of Valencia, California where he lives with his parents. ESPN immediately took the alleged threat off-line and none of the news articles have the precise quote. He was participating in an on-line discussion of the high price of children’s athletic shoes. But apparently he said something to the effect that […] Read more »

ARIZONA POLICE BEGIN ENFORCING S.B. 1070

Last June the Supreme Court upheld the part of Arizona’s immigration law (S.B. 1070) that required police officers when making an arrest to demand that a person provide proof that he/she is in the country legally. This week the the Huffington Post reports the U.S. District Court in Arizona gave the state permission to begin enforcing the law. But the litigation is not over. While the Supreme Court said that the section was constitutional on its face there will certainly […] Read more »

FIRST CIRCUIT REVERSES CONVICTION FOR AIMING LASER AT HELICOPTER

Gerard Sasso was charged with interfering with the operation of an aircraft with reckless disregard for human life and with making a false statement to a law enforcement officer in the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He aimed a laser beam at a helicopter which was escorting a liquefied natural gas tanker as it traversed Boston Harbor. One of the Massachusetts State police troopers in the helicopter noticed the green light from the laser and warned the […] Read more »

Philadelphia Man Charged With Criminal Solicitation For Murder For Facebook Comments

Joshua Scott Albert is facing serious charges after allegedly threatening police officers on his blog and on Facebook. Albert who writes the blog, “Staphmeal,” is charged with three counts each of criminal solicitation to commit murder, terroristic threats and harassment. He allegedly created two Facebook pages calling for the murder of two top law enforcement officers and another page supporting two men accused with killing a police officer. The first controversial page was called “I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael […] Read more »

SIXTH CIRCUIT REVERSES DENIAL OF SUMMARY JUDGEMENT ON QUALIFIED IMMUNITY GROUNDS

Sheila Hensley and her son McClellan Hensley, Jr. were awakened from their sleep at 3:15 am on April 13, 2008 by a tow truck attempting to tow away a car held in the name of Sheila’s husband. It was the repo-man, working on behalf of a lien holder on the vehicle. However Sheila and her husband were up to date on the payment and their was no reason to repossess the vehicle. Sheila and McClellan went out to see what […] Read more »

NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS SEIZURE OF CHILD FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT

Eric Mueller and his wife Corissa sued the City of Boise and Boise Police Detective Dale Rogers, among others after Rogers, under Idaho law removed their five week old daughter Taige from their custody to override Corissa’s refusal to authorize a spinal tap for the child. Corissa Mueler brought the child to the hospital after she exhibited a high fever, based upon the advice of the child’s naturopathic physician. Both the doctors in the hospital and the naturopathy doctor feared […] Read more »

COURT UPHOLDS NARCOTERRORISM CONVICTION

Khan Mohammed, was involved in a plot to obtain missles for an attack on the NATO Jalalabad airfield in Afghanistan. He was contacted by a man named, Jaweed who wanted to help him. Jaweed had a source from who he could get missles. But Jaweed soon went to work for the Afghani police and the DEA as an informant. The original plan was that Jaweed would get missles, turn them over to Mohammed and the authorities would then arrest Mohammed. […] Read more »

SECOND CIRCUIT FINDS WAIVER OF FARETTA RIGHTS

Tuere Barnes was convicted of various charges in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to trial he had considerable difficulty getting along with his appointed attorney. At various times these problem came to the attention of the judge, who considered Barnes to be disruptive of court proceedings. At one point he ordered a psychiatric examination to determine if Barnes was competent to assist his attorney but Barnes refused to cooperate with the psychiatrist. At […] Read more »

10 STATES THAT SPEND MORE ON PRISONS THAN EDUCATION

(Today instead of my normal post I’m posting an article submitted to me by Elena Verlee which is published on the web page of On Line Degrees.org on 10 States That Spend More on Prisons Than Education Ms Verlee points out some interesting facts that we probably already know but her timely reminder is worth while. I will add a couple of notes in a comment following the article.) Education spending is vital to the livelihood and well-being of every […] Read more »